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Vol 41 No 24

Published 8th December 2000


A longer presidency

Chiluba says he prefers prophecy to presidency but not everyone believes it

Frederick Chiluba seems to want to keep his job, although the constitution says a president may serve only two five-year terms. His ambition could be frustrated if his lieutenants, brow-beaten backbenchers and the rank-and-file of the ruling Movement for Multi-Party Democracy, have the inclination or the mettle to resist. Elections are due by November next year and, with no successor in sight and presidential campaigning banned, tension is mounting. Three months' notice is required for a party convention and one has not yet been called.

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